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Oh dear, this is going to be a long one.

1. Do you have a favourite theatre? Which one, and why? I love the Landor Theatre and the old Southwark Playhouse, both in London. I also adore the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. In New York, I’m really a fan of the Vivian Beaumont because I love that orchestra pit.
2. At the moment, would you rather watch a comedy or a tragedy? I almost always prefer tragedy, or at least a comedy with some drama to it. 
3. The funniest show or performance you’ve ever seen? Gosh, Christian Borle as Black Stache. He played the hand in the chest scene to the rafters. 
4. The saddest show or performance you’ve ever seen? The only show I’ve ever thoroughly sobbed at is Fun Home. ‘Telephone Wire’ had me weeping.
5. The most memorable performance you’ve ever been to? The first play I remember ever seeing was a high school performance of Camelot at the age of eight. So probably that, as it sparked my interest.
6. Your favourite stage door photo or memory? Meeting Richard Griffiths at the Equus stage door and being the only person waiting for him. I had him sign my copy of the History Boys. Was gutted when he passed away.
7. Do you prefer classics or modern shows? Why? I couldn’t possibly decide this. Both have their merits, I think newer fans really forget how awesome some of the oldies are. But new writers are writing some wonderful stuff.
8. Is there a movie you’d like to see adapted onstage? Not a film, but a television show. I think The Borgias would make a lush musical. Would like to see Adam Guettel write the music.
9. How about a stage show you’d like to see onscreen? Most of my favourite musicals are not particularly cinematic, but I think they could reverse movie musical Newsies and it would work pretty well, as the musical is better than the original film.
10. What is the last stage show you saw? Review it in three sentences. The Glass Menagerie. A swift, emotional, well-crafted production of the Tennessee Williams classic. A beautiful set, beautifully lit. Featuring a star turn from the luminous Celia Keenan-Bolger.
11. A show you’d recommend to everybody? There are a few shows you just can’t go wrong with. Gypsy is one of them. I don’t see how anyone could dislike Gypsy. I would start them up with the Patti LuPone cast recording, though.
12. A show you wouldn’t recommend to your worst enemy? Honestly, the London production of Singin’ in the Rain was pretty dire. Barely watched it, though, as the Gene Kelly character was too busy kicking water in my face to dance. That show needed some serious re-writing. And a new director.
13. A show you’re ashamed to admit you like? I feel no shame about any of the shows I like. I think all theatre has its merits.
14. How important are visuals for you? Can you enjoy a show with good acting but ugly visuals? Or can good visuals save an otherwise bad show in your eyes? Visuals are important. I don’t really think good acting can salvage them. Perhaps a perfect show with wonderful acting could, but if a director has not paid attention to the many things that make up what a show looks like, they have a huge problem.
15. What is the prettiest show you’ve ever seen? I love the most recent revival of Hair. I would like to live in that set. Honourable mention to that recent Evita set. Didn’t love the show itself, but it had me wanting to move to Argentina.
16. A costume or a prop that you love? Since I’m assuming money is no object, I’m going for one of those luxurious Christine Daae dresses, why not? Probably the ‘Twisted Every Way One’. I will wear it everywhere.
17. You can only watch productions of one show for the rest of your life. Which show you choose and why? I think I’m going to go Pippin here, because there’s so much room for interpretation there that it would never get boring. Failing that, Aeschylus’ Oresteia, because I love me some Greek tragedy, and it’s also the kind of thing that’s open to interpretation.
18. Do you research the shows you consider seeing, or do you just pick a show to see and hope it’s good? Most of the shows I end up seeing are things that I’ve obsessed with for years and have counted down the days till. Only once have I walked into a show pretty much completely blind, and that was to A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.
19. Your favourite act 1 ending? I’m feeling ‘Tonight (Quintet)’, right now, because my favourite kind of Act I closer is this everyone singing different parts and uniting kind.
20. The most times you’ve ever seen the same show or production? I’ve seen Peter and the Starcatcher three times, twice on Broadway, once at the New York Theatre Workshop. I suppose that’s not very many, but I’m not much of a repeat offender, there’s too many things to see.
21. A performance by an actor or an actress that has impressed you the most? There are a lot, but the one that sprang immediately to mind was Norm Lewis in Porgy & Bess. Don’t get me wrong, Audra was terrific, of course, but I feel like Bess gets the meatier, more dramatic part here, but Norm Lewis’ Porgy was so authentic.
22. Have you ever walked out of a performance? If not, could you consider doing so? Nope. Tickets cost too much to walk out of a theatre. And I feel it’s quite rude. I would never walk out unless it was absolutely offensive in some way.
23. Do you collect theatre memorabilia? I have all of the Playbills and programmes of shows I’ve seen, in addition to a growing collection of cast albums on vinyl (that I should show you guys sometime). And the random item or two picked up the Flea Market.
24. You have to swap lives for a week with a character from one of your favourite shows. Who do you choose and why? Wendy in Stiles and Drewe’s Peter Pan. Because Neverland, obviously.
25. A headcanon about your favourite show? That my favourite musical version of Little Women, Steven Luke Walker’s version, comes to Broadway. Also that Leo and Lucille Frank somehow end up together. I ship it real hard.

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A theatre quiz for bored theatre fans

starlene:

1. Do you have a favourite theatre? Which one, and why?
2. At the moment, would you rather watch a comedy or a tragedy?
3. The funniest show or performance you’ve ever seen?
4. The saddest show or performance you’ve ever seen?
5. The most memorable performance you’ve ever been to?
6. Your favourite stage door photo or memory?
7. Do you prefer classics or modern shows? Why?
8. Is there a movie you’d like to see adapted onstage?
9. How about a stage show you’d like to see onscreen?
10. What is the last stage show you saw? Review it in three sentences.
11. A show you’d recommend to everybody?
12. A show you wouldn’t recommend to your worst enemy?
13. A show you’re ashamed to admit you like?
14. How important are visuals for you? Can you enjoy a show with good acting but ugly visuals? Or can good visuals save an otherwise bad show in your eyes?
15. What is the prettiest show you’ve ever seen?
16. A costume or a prop that you love?
17. You can only watch productions of one show for the rest of your life. Which show you choose and why?
18. Do you research the shows you consider seeing, or do you just pick a show to see and hope it’s good?
19. Your favourite act 1 ending?
20. The most times you’ve ever seen the same show or production?
21. A performance by an actor or an actress that has impressed you the most?
22. Have you ever walked out of a performance? If not, could you consider doing so?
23. Do you collect theatre memorabilia? If so, feel free to show off your collection!
24. You have to swap lives for a week with a character from one of your favourite shows. Who do you choose and why?
25. A headcanon about your favourite show?

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Muppet Christ Superstar | Christo Graham

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The Encores! City Centre Production of The Most Happy Fella.

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